We salute the “Stage Show Boss” in this post. As the saying goes, “Give people Flowers while they can still smell them”. Big up Spice!
The Throne for the Dancehall Queen is currently vacant, and there could only be one who ascends to claim her rightful place at the top of Dancehall. The genre is now in the Era of “The Spicy 1“, and though her given name is Grace Latoya Hamilton, we know her as Spice! Never been far from the spotlight, Spice proved time and time again that she’s in a lane of her own with no contenders. From acting, to singing, deejaying, to dancing, she’s multifaceted and continues to have an edge among her peers.
Words by King David x SwadeDaVillain
Since her debut, Spice has always been one to push boundaries in Dancehall as a Female Artist. She will always be known for being different whether it be for the colour of her hair, her unique outfits, or her many stand out singles. Among her Dancehall peers, she has never been afraid to outperform them, whether male or female. Her various Clash appearances, “War” records and counteractions are proof of this. Bounty Killer, one of her earliest mentors, hailed her as one of the “Baddest” acts before she even scored her first hit.
As one of the leading female Dancehall Artists and nicknamed the “Stage Show Boss“, she understands the importance of touring, but also staying relevant to her Dancehall roots. While receiving plenty overseas bookings throughout the year, not many can find the balance in performing locally and Internationally, recording, and handling life outside of that. Lets face it, everything for an Artist is centered around the music, making sure that the fans see the development and growth as time progresses. In today’s Entertainment world, the music alone won’t cut it, and just like many others, Spice understands that. Artist have to expand their brands through different avenues and becoming Entrepreneurs. Spice is no different with owning Spicey Couture, her Fashion establishment, and managing her Professional Dance Group, “Team Spice“.
With Spice’s International presence, she has managed to score collaborations with the likes of Bunji Garlin, ASAP Ferg, Busta Rhymes, Mya, Kid Ink, and Jeremih. The hits made in Jamaica helped largely as she’s managed to rack up millions of Youtube views with singles like, “So Me Like It“, “Indicator“, “Jim Screechie“, “Slim vs Fluffy“, and of course “Rompin’ Shop” with Vybz Kartel. Recently she was praised by International Artist Nicki Minaj, and if a collaboration comes out of that, then Spice’s price just went up.
Spice is never not making moves. She’s proven time and time again that she’s made not only for the local stage, but the International stage. From acting in the 2014 Film, “Destiny” to taking center stage as the only Jamaican female Artist in the 2016 Red Bull Culture Clash held in the UK, she continues to do it big. Her latest gig landed her a few appearances on the hit Reality TV Show, “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” where she introduced some of its cast members to Jamaica.
There is no stopping Spice. Currently blazing trails, we can’t wait to see what moves she makes next.
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